Politics http://wrvo.org en Oswego, Oneida counties receive additional family court judges http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-oneida-counties-receive-additional-family-court-judges <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty-five family court judges will be added statewide by the end of 2015 to help reduce a backlog of cases and streamline the family court process. It's the first major addition of judges in New York in more than three decades.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:45:16 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59556 at http://wrvo.org Oswego, Oneida counties receive additional family court judges Astorino likens Cuomo to mob boss over Moreland Commission http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-likens-cuomo-mob-boss-over-moreland-commission <p></p><p>Rob Astorino&nbsp;is working to keep heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over reporting the governor interfered with an Albany ethics panel.</p><p>Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, made several stops across upstate New York Monday, as Cuomo made his first public comments since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-the-short-life-of-the-moreland-commission.html" target="_blank">The New York Times reported</a> Cuomo and his office tried to influence an independent commission set up by the governor to investigate corruption.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59565 at http://wrvo.org Astorino likens Cuomo to mob boss over Moreland Commission Green Party gubernatorial candidate wants to debate Cuomo, Astorino http://wrvo.org/post/green-party-gubernatorial-candidate-wants-debate-cuomo-astorino <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:45:32 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 59379 at http://wrvo.org Green Party gubernatorial candidate wants to debate Cuomo, Astorino Onondaga County executive discusses role in Cuomo's Moreland Commission http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-executive-discusses-role-cuomos-moreland-commission <p>A New York Times report alleges that a senior aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo interfered with the work of the Moreland Commission, the group the governor appointed to investigate corruption in Albany. The Times story also accuses Cuomo's office of trying to stop the commission from investigating groups tied to him. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was a member of the commission and Grant Reeher, host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations, interviewed Mahoney after the Times report came out.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:18 +0000 Grant Reeher 59371 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County executive discusses role in Cuomo's Moreland Commission In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-128th-assembly-district-race-familiar-matchup-returns <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59366 at http://wrvo.org In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments http://wrvo.org/post/women-maffei-hit-back-some-katko-comments <p></p><p>Some supporters of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) are pushing back on recent comments made his Republican challenger, John Katko.</p><p>Katko, a former federal prosecutor, has recently said he doesn’t support a law aimed at equalizing pay for women and men. And he says his Catholic faith guides his views on abortion.</p><p><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/race_for_congress_where_republican_john_katko_stands_on_the_issues.html" target="_blank">Those comments to The Post-Standard</a> have upset female supporters of Maffei, a Democrat.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59313 at http://wrvo.org Women for Maffei hit back on some Katko comments Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular http://wrvo.org/post/siena-poll-finds-cuomo-far-ahead-governors-race-common-core-unpopular <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:31:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Gino Geruntino 59198 at http://wrvo.org Siena Poll finds Cuomo far ahead in governor's race, Common Core unpopular GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political http://wrvo.org/post/gop-candidate-ny-attorney-general-says-office-isnt-political <p>The Republican candidate for state attorney general says the man who holds the office now, and those who served before him, have treated it has a political stepping stone.</p><p>A.G. doesn't stand for "aspiring governor," John Cahill said.</p><p>Cahill was an aide and environmental conservation commissioner to former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican who ran the state from 1995 to 2006.</p><p>Cahill is now challenging Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman&nbsp;for the role of New York's top lawyer.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58932 at http://wrvo.org GOP candidate for NY attorney general says office isn't political Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-picks-endorsement-business-leaders <p>Rep. Dan Maffei has picked up the endorsement of an informal group of central New York business and economic leaders.</p><p>About two dozen executives are backing the Syracuse Democrat in his bid for re-election against Republican John Katko.</p><p>Eric Mower, of the advertising firm Eric Mower and Associates, says he’s neither a Republican nor Democrat and he supported former Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican.</p><p>But he says has focused on the issues facing the region.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:41:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58891 at http://wrvo.org Maffei picks up endorsement of business leaders Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line http://wrvo.org/post/statewide-gop-candidates-follow-astorinos-lead-secure-anti-common-core-ballot-line <p>Republicans vying for statewide office continue pushing an anti-Common Core ballot line they’re trying to get in place for the November elections.<br /><br />Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced this week that he’s trying to create a ballot line called “Stop the Common Core.” Now, other statewide GOP hopefuls are explaining why they like the idea.<br /><br />Bob Antonocci, who's running for state comptroller, says Common Core was something forced on the state with the promise of federal dollars.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:02:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58700 at http://wrvo.org Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line Astorino challenges Cuomo to eight debates http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-challenges-cuomo-eight-debates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican challenger for governor, Rob </span>Astorino<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:12:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58701 at http://wrvo.org Astorino challenges Cuomo to eight debates Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country http://wrvo.org/post/moss-emphasizes-importance-fort-drum-during-visit-north-country <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:06:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58684 at http://wrvo.org Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable http://wrvo.org/post/katko-unveils-plan-veterans-says-va-needs-be-held-accountable <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:59:50 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 58626 at http://wrvo.org Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies http://wrvo.org/post/katko-calls-out-maffei-gas-and-energy-policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As central New Yorkers hop in their cars to head off for the holiday weekend, the </span>24th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District race is focusing on gas prices and energy policy.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:25:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58284 at http://wrvo.org Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies North Country baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way" http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-baker-turned-green-party-candidate-angry-nice-way <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's just over four months before the November election and Green Party candidate Matt </span>Funiciello<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making his first campaign stops around the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:38:56 +0000 Brian Mann 58219 at http://wrvo.org North Country baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way" GOP senators say Democrats will neglect upstate http://wrvo.org/post/gop-senators-say-democrats-will-neglect-upstate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the New York state Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about upstate and Long Island.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58039 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says upstate New York will suffer, following IDC decision http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-says-upstate-new-york-will-suffer-following-idc-decision <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Upstate will be the big loser if a new power change in the state Senate goes through, according to one high ranking state Senate Republican.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57998 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says upstate New York will suffer, following IDC decision Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-likely-drop-challenge-senator-valesky <p></p><p>Jean Kessner&nbsp;has gotten her wish and will likely drop her challenge of state Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic Party primary.</p><p>Kessner, a Democrat herself and Syracuse Common Councilor, was circulating petitions to challenge Valesky (D-Oneida), unless he rejoined the mainstream Democrats in the state Senate.</p><p>Valesky has been a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, which controls the Senate along with the minority Republicans, since 2011.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57977 at http://wrvo.org Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushing-legislation-increase-political-donation-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With election season here, escaping the volley of political ads that are the hallmark of political campaigns will only get harder. In response, New York Democrat Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping lead a fight in the Senate to force outside groups funding those ads to disclose their donors.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:50 +0000 Matt Laslo 57912 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-continues-pursue-run-against-valesky-because-idc-alignment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse Common Councilor Jean </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> continues collecting petition signatures for a possible Democratic primary run for the state Senate seat held by Dave </span>Valesky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Oneida). On Tuesday, </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> supporters rallied in front of the State Office Building in Syracuse.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:39:24 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57895 at http://wrvo.org Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-defeats-tenney-gop-primary-22nd-district <p>Rep. Richard Hanna is all but guaranteed a third term in the House of Representatives after he beat back a challenge from the political right in Tuesday's Republican Party primary.</p><p>Hanna, R-Barneveld,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came out on top in a challenge from the more conservative Claudia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assemblywoman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She said Hanna was too moderate.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Matt Richmond 57868 at http://wrvo.org Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District Stefanik wins GOP 21st Congressional District primary http://wrvo.org/post/stefanik-wins-gop-21st-congressional-district-primary <p>After entering the race as a complete unknown last year, Elise Stefanik won the Republican Party primary in New York's 21st Congressional District Tuesday night by a commanding margin over Matt Doheny.<br /><br />Stefanik, a 29-year-old political analyst, overcame non-existent name recognition, opposition from some senior GOP leaders, and claims that she was a "carpetbagger" from outside the North Country district.<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:52:04 +0000 David Sommerstein & Brian Mann 57867 at http://wrvo.org Stefanik wins GOP 21st Congressional District primary Primary results: Stefanik victorious in 21st Congressional District; Hanna wins in 22nd http://wrvo.org/post/primary-results-stefanik-victorious-21st-congressional-district-hanna-wins-22nd <p><strong>11:05 pm:</strong> Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) declares victory over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in Republican primary in 22nd Congressional District. There is no Democrat running in the general election in November.</p><p><strong>10:38 pm</strong>: Republican candidate Matt Doheny concedes to Elise Stefanik in the race to be the party's nominee for the 21st Congressional District in November.</p><p>The 21st district covers the North Country and is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D), who announced his retirement earlier this year.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:47:01 +0000 WRVO News 57866 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-take-similar-platforms-north-country-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District. But the differences between Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aren't really that vast.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:16:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57796 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters Hanna invites Long Island congressman to upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-invites-long-island-congressman-upstate-new-york <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:46:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57505 at http://wrvo.org Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-still-concerned-over-handling-bergdahl-release <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) is still concerned over how the White House handled the release of Army Sgt. Bowe&nbsp;Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, saying some things were done right, but others wrong.</p><p>Bergdahl was freed from five years of imprisonment under the Taliban in Afghanistan about two weeks ago. In exchange, five Taliban prisoners in American custody were released.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:18:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57279 at http://wrvo.org Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-debate-local-and-national-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two candidates vying for the Republican Party's nod in the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District showed a lot of similarities during an hour-long primary debate held Thursday in Watertown. The debate between Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was broadcast on </span>WWNY<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Watertown and North Country Public Radio and public television.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:14:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57259 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-medical-marijuana-bill-isnt-dead-yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo said today that there's still a chance the state legislature could pass a medical marijuana bill that he would sign.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:19:13 +0000 Catherine Loper 57235 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/erins-law-faces-hurdles-passing-new-york-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the third year in a row, the New York State Senate passed "Erin's Law," a bill requiring schools to teach age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness to children in pre-Kindergarten through </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grade.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:05:03 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 57066 at http://wrvo.org 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-withholding-judgment-bergdahl-prisoner-swap <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei is taking a wait-and-see approach on his opinion over the release of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.</p><p>Bergdahl's freedom was negotiated in exchange for five suspected terrorists in American custody. It's drawn sharp criticism from members of Congress, particularly over their lack of prior knowledge. There are also questions over the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and nearly five year detainment.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:31:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56871 at http://wrvo.org Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap